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Jingle Bell Run sees good turnout despite snow

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

Hundreds of people made it out to the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska's 5th annual Jingle Bell Run Sunday despite the snow.

Slick conditions made for a tough commute on I–80 Sunday morning.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue said two semi–trucks lost control near the Lincoln airport, causing other accidents, and had the westbound side of the road closed off for more than two hours.

"It kind of sounds like it became an ice rink and it was a domino effect," Capt. Dan Ripley said. "Any time there's icy, snowy conditions, just take your time, slow down."

Officials said two people suffered minor injuries. One was taken to the hospital. State Patrol re–reopened the interstate just before 1 p.m.

But the snow didn't stop people from coming out for a good time. People lined up for the 5th annual Jingle Bell Run at Antelope Park.

It's put on by the Arthritis Foundation of Nebraska to raise money for arthritis research. Nearly 300 runners braved the elements for the 5K run around the park. About $15,000 was raised.

"It's very important that all these people came out in spite of the snow," arthritis patient Diane Kimble said. "It's cold, but not very cold."

"I just feel lucky I can run," Richard Waller said. "So why not help other people?"

Carey Collingham of the foundation said the turnout increases every year. He said the run is a good reminder that arthritis affects people of all ages.

"It's not necessarily a disease that has to impact people in a way that I think society envisions," Collingham said. "But it is an opportunity to really embrace a part of yourself that maybe otherwise you wouldn't get an excuse to."

Again, in these weather conditions experts are reminding us to drive slow and use caution.

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